Meet Amy Ballantyne

Amy joined the firm as a trainee after she graduated from the University of the West of England. After experiencing a variety of seats she found her feet in our Corporate Team where she has since qualified.

What appealed to you about Foot Anstey?

The balance between quality of work, drive and ambition on the one hand and a genuine focus on its people and culture on the other hand. Foot Anstey's reputation amongst junior lawyers was a very positive selling point for me, particularly its 'down to earth' and friendly people. The firm's South West base also appealed to me, having attended my later school years in Plymouth before settling in Bristol.

What was the highlight of your training contract?

Whilst in my Corporate Seat I assisted a Partner with preparing a presentation for a new client of the firm. On the day of the presentation I had the opportunity to deliver a number of slides to an audience of 70 delegates. This was a great test of my public speaking skills, ability to perform under pressure and also my networking skills in the lunch that followed.

What do you like about the culture?

It's open, progressive and ambitious and there's a real focus on supporting our people.  

How did your training contract help you develop?

The four month seat rotation has increased my exposure to different practice areas, not only helping me to find the right practice area for me but also enhancing my understanding of other work-streams in the firm and find opportunities for collaboration. Rotating around the firm's offices has provided a great opportunity to build relationships with colleagues across three of our offices and I will continue to build on these relationships as my career progresses.

What are you doing now?

Towards the end of 2019 I qualified into the firm's Corporate Team where I'm working to build my experience across a broad range of workstreams including acquisitions and disposals as well as private equity investments.